22 June, 2016

DMAS meeting with Jordan and Lebanon Ambassadors: “It’s time for long term solutions, and we must shift from discussing principles to implementing projects”

Intervention during the Delegation for relations with the Mashreq countries on “Jordan and Lebanon Political role of both countries in the region while coping with a tremendous refugee influx from Syria and Iraq”: Recently, I hosted a debate in the European Parliament on the topic of the effectiveness of EU investments in its neighbourhood policy. […]

13 April, 2016

Passenger Name Record – Just another “Big Brother” or a closed door for the terrorists?

This week will be a decisive one for the approval of the European Passenger Name Record (PNR). After five years of indecision, the European Parliament must offer a coherent and firm answer to the security needs of the 500 million Europeans. I don’t believe the PNR is a “silver bullet” capable to instantly put a […]

23 March, 2016

European Neighbourhood Policy – an instrument in support of Christian communities from Middle East

European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) is, for many European citizens, just an abstract concept, “another bureaucratic instrument” of Brussels. I believe this instrument can do much more, being capable to respond in a direct manner to many of the needs and demands of the European citizens. First, it can bring clear benefits in terms of security […]

14 January, 2016

Safeguarding the peace process – can the EU be an ‘honest broker’

Intervention during “Safeguarding the peace process – can the EU be an ‘honest broker’?” conference organized Wednesday, 13th of January 2016, at the European Parliament by EIPA – Europe Israel Public Affairs together with EPP Group and S&D Group.   “It is sad that after so many years of founding dedicated to this region we […]

6 April, 2015

I will bring the issue of Romanian citizens trapped in conflict zones into the attention of European Institutions

We start the Holy Week celebration yesterday. The terrorist attacks on Christians from Kenya, from Egypt, Syria, Libya or Nigeria, have put an unprecedented emotional load on Christians everywhere. Religious intolerance, extremism and radical groups extending their territories and their threats are becoming rather too frequent. Romanians are not spared by this unrest. We are […]

1 April, 2015

EU-Qatar Friendship Group conclusions: Qatar can bring an important contribution to the peace and stability in its region

Today I had the pleasure to chair the meeting of the newly re-established EU- Qatar Friendship Group within the European Parliament, organized together with Qatar Embassy in Brussels. In this meeting, we’ve been honored by the presence of H.E. Sheikh Ali BIN JASSIM AL-THANI, Ambassador of the State of Qatar to the Kingdom of Belgium, the […]